* Posts by The BigYin

3083 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Ever felt down after staring at your phone late in bed? It's not just you – mice do too

The BigYin

Re: Don't your phones have a blue light filter...

Mine kicks in when I tell it to, I can also drop the screen brightness.

I wish it went a smidge redder and a fair bit darker.

But it's better than nothing.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

The BigYin


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* The Redmond Devourer

* The Great Pretender

* The Nutella Factory

Does a .com suffix make a trademark? The US Supreme Court will decide as Booking marks its legal spot

The BigYin

Re: Trademarking an address

Top-tip: Never use 123reg. Go with Mythicbeasts or someone else credible, you do get what you pay for.

The BigYin

All your name are belong to me

As the owner of "noun.com", "pronoun.com", "verb.com", "adverb.com" and "adjective.com"; imma gonna come for all your cyber baubles!

Who's still using Webex? Not even Cisco: Judge orders IT giant to use rival Zoom for virtual patent trial

The BigYin

No install required

Whilst Zoom is a stinking turd, it can be cajoled into running in the Chrome. Cancel the auto-download, click on the download link, cancel that, now click on the new "Open in browser" link.

Or kick Zoom into touch and go with something much more open like Jitsi Meet.

RetroPie 4.6 brings forth an answer to 'What do I do with this Pi 4 I bought last year?'

The BigYin

Re: Shove that in your Pi-Hole...

I just user the ad-block service on OpenWRT.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

The BigYin

Re: And yet...

That Brother 8690LCDW is currently just shy of £500.

Far too pricey to risk being locked into expensive refills.

Already in final beta? That's Madagascar: Ubuntu 20.04 'Focal Fossa' gets updated desktop, ZFS support

The BigYin


Nah, wait a bit longer for the new Neon to drop and get all the new hotness with the latest KDE.

We're number two! Microsoft's Edge browser slips past Firefox in latest set of NetMarketShare figures

The BigYin

That's depressing

Is Chromium the new IE6?

At least the core is open source I guess.

World Wide Web's Sir Tim swells his let's-remake-the-internet startup with Bruce Schneier, fellow tech experts

The BigYin

Or just load the AdBlock addon into OpenWRT.

Internet Society CEO: Most people don't care about the .org sell-off – and nothing short of a court order will stop it

The BigYin

Most people don't care about a great many things. I, for example, don't care about the habitat of the Lesser Crested Grebe Warbler because I don't know I should care, but that doesn't mean protecting it isn't a goo thing. (I made that species up just for illustrative purposes).

Most people don't know how the Internet works,most people don't know they should care about the ".org" privatisation but that doesn't mean we shouldn't protect it.

This whole line of argument is some weight variant of argumentum ad populum.

RuneScape bloke was wrongly sacked after reading veep's salary details on office printer

The BigYin

Re: Personal Usage

Personal use of office equipment is almost always permitted "within reason". No one is going to bat an eye-lid if you print of a sheet or two for personal need (or use the work PC for a personal email). When it starts to disrupt the day job or incur significant costs, then you'll get a warning.

Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim

The BigYin

Physical security?

> The physical security of the meter is strong

What? It's on the outside of the house in a non-locking enclosure. There is NO physical security!

Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

The BigYin

Re: Seriously?

Isn't that the Twitter archival format?

The BigYin

And yet...

...we already have .ms, .she, .las, .grl, .sis, dol, .gal and even .vag

Where is the outrage over those? Oh yeah, they're just file extensions and no sane person gives a flying shit.

UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

The BigYin

Re: F**king Madness

"I enter the password for the guest network for them."

I have a QR code with the details on it as well. Android users can just zap the QR code, iPhone users and type it in.

Lonely Pirate cheers on Big Copyright-bashing EU commissars

The BigYin

Re: It's pretty obvious

"Sky (still) get your money, you get (I assume) a better mix of programming for you."

Company sells package A in country 1 for X. Company also sells package A in country 2 for Y. X is 2Y. The company wants to sell as many at price X as possible because there is more profit.

Geo-locks are one tool that lets them do this. So the company will get upset if that is removed. Under TTIP they would probably sue the countries involved (and win).

It seems that "free trade" only applies to the seller, not the purchaser.

The BigYin

Re: It's pretty obvious

"There is also the competition aspect, why should you pay more when the content is available elsewhere for cheaper."

That's true of everything, but the companies want one-way free trade. i.e. they can sell everywhere, but you can only buy where the company decides.

Which isn't free trade at all.

The BigYin

It's pretty obvious

The harder you make it for people to use legal services, the more they look elsewhere.

Here is my money. I *want* to give you my money. Why won't you let me?

Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

The BigYin

MS was right for once

DNT should be the default. Just like "no mail from you or third parties" should also be the default.

But in this age of privacy invasion, they are not.

Hence more people use ad-blockers etc and the advertisers make life worse for themselves.

Facebook 'violates Euro data law' say Belgian data cops' researchers

The BigYin

Re: Protect yourself

Doesn't matter, you are simply another "negative profile" unless you take active measures.

The BigYin
Big Brother

Protect yourself

Run BetterPrivacy, NoScript etc. Also - https://adblockplus.org/blog/about-that-facebook-tracking-thing

Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

The BigYin

Been nice knowing the RasPi

Embrace has begun, we all know what stages come next.

Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

The BigYin

Re: Competitors dead in the water?

I see that @"Voland's right hand" is another person who completely and utterly misses the *entire point* of a RasPi.

German minister photo fingerprint 'theft' seemed far too EASY, wail securobods

The BigYin

Re: In a sane world

"the nail in the coffin of fingerprint authentication, at least of the cheap variety."

I suggest you rent and watch the "Mythbusters" episode where they do fingerprints (and some other security methods)...the results are hilariously troubling.

The BigYin

Re: Worse than just data loss

"But surely every police force has a sufficiently trained and funded CSI team who can analyse DNA from the slightest speck and match it within minutes through a national database which is so fast and efficient it even flashes up the mug shots of each sample it's matching against."

Almost, which is why the smart crooks poison the scene by dropping items they have collect from random places. In the TV show the evil-doers had a "DNA-bomb" device to poison the evidence; how long before we see that in the real world?

The BigYin

Re: Agreed

Yes. Well, it certainly shouldn't be taken as proof of identity - instead part of some greater whole. The general mantra is "something you have, something you know".

Biometrics are pretty simple for people and, as with many things in security, ease of use is inverse to strength of security.

Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

The BigYin

3 or 4? No

Just look at the state of things in the USA. We don't want such a small number of operators, we need true competition.


We need legislation to ensure that the networks are open to all comers and that it remains possible to a new player to enter should incumbents try to gouge customers.

Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

The BigYin

Re: Monetization!

Maybe he makes enough to be happy? Work-life balance and all that.

The BigYin

Re: Ring

El Reg: Tell me about your private life

Randall Munroe: [Proffers ring-finger, keeps schtum]

El Reg: sudo Tell me about your private life

Randall Munroe: Not in sudoers, this has been reported.

It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

The BigYin

Re: Dear corporate Britain

The sale isn't the issue, the day is.

I also have the quaint idea that retail stores should open 1200-2000, rather than 0900-1700. This woyld give them better overlap with their customers. Also, it would partially alleviate rush hour.

I did look at a few black slaes after work, but anything of interest was either not on sales, or only a couple of pounds off; no mega-deals.

The BigYin

Dear corporate Britain

Take this Yank import and ram it up yer arse.

Today is a workday and it's bloody stupid to have a mega-sale when most of your customers are at work.

I have bought nothing today, nor do I intend to.

Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

The BigYin

Who says Deckard is subject to the same rules of the other replicants? Deckard doesn't even know it's a replicant, perhaps the termination wasn't engineered in; or maybe the one we see is simply one of many Deckards.

The BigYin

> is Deckard a replicant?


UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

The BigYin

First things first

Start by governing Westminster, the Lords, finance, tax evasion **AND THEN** the net (if you really must).

But no. That'd hit your paymasters too hard, wouldn't it?

Google will have to WAIT and SEE if I fine them - EU antitrust chief

The BigYin

We need...

Search Neutrality!

TalkTalk's 'unbeatable signal strength' and 'fastest Wi-Fi tech' FIBS silenced by ad watchdog

The BigYin

Re: ASA...

Government regulation isn't about actually doing anything, it's about being seen to do something.

Keeps the proles happy.

EU battles over 'anti-terrorist' passenger records slurper law

The BigYin

Re: Lesson from Yes Minister

"No self-respecting terrorist (well: one who hopes or expects to walk away from an "incident") would give up the goods that easily and therefore the only data they will collect will be from harmless individuals and private citizens with no nefarious intent."

AIUI, the terrorists who flow into the WTC made no effort to hide the identifies. So these measures would have been ineffective anyway as no one joined the dots.

Or maybe they did, and let it happen. /tin-foil-hat

The BigYin

Why ask?

Surely the security services have all the zero-days and hack in place, they can simply take the data they need.

Or just demand the data under secrecy.

Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

The BigYin

Re: Morons

"Other Great Socialism"? You mean the USA? The banking bail out was probably the greatest socialist action for many decades.

A capitalist society would have let them fail.

Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

The BigYin

Re: Kill two birds with one stone

They sort-of have those y'know; http://www.altaerosenergies.com/

Wouldn't take too much to bung some wireless connectivity in them as well.

The BigYin

"Most useful remedy might be to simply provide more information to the public on call quality."

You could probably use an FoI to OfCom to get that, whole will then refuse under "Commercial Confidentiality".

The one thing a Tory government does not want is more openness and the possibility of being scrutinised by the public. Not that Labour would be any better. Both cut from the same cloth.

The BigYin

So he admits he doesn't care about the public

People moan about the fractured nature of the mobile space in the UK, this upper-crust, Etonian old-boy doesn't give two damns.

He has a problem with one or two calls and all hell lets lose.

Maybe if his pension funds collapse or his back mis-sells him some insurance he'll begin to give a crap about regulating the financial sector.

Until then, it'll be the usual "Piss off, prole" attitude from the Tories.

Spaceplane fan sips sweet nectar from LOHAN's copious cup

The BigYin
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Re: Nice

Ah, thanks! Must need more coffee - really didn't follow the 5g thing.

The BigYin


But why does the recipe mention "Brewer's sugar" twice? 1kg and then 5g?

BBC clamps down on illicit iPlayer watchers

The BigYin

Re: Oh jesus feck BBC....

Everything that relied on the RSS feeds is broken. Everything. Your set-top box, your brand new Smart TV. Everything.

get_iplayer has been patched. Dunno about anything else.


The BigYin

Re: Well get_iplayer has already worked around it

Jolly good. I shall await the updates hitting the repos.

The BigYin

Re: Smart TVs too

"but steadfastly refuses to produce a stable API that would allow connected device manufacturers (and everyone else) to build and maintain their own clients at their own expense."

Because the BBC is run by technology ignorant middle managers who are only interested in expanding their fiefdoms than providing an actual service to the public.

iPlayer could become a reference implementation and the community could pick up the slack. This would allow any OS, any device to be supported that the community saw fit.

As to unflashable TVs...that's a matter for OEMs. Consumers can help by simply not buying a TV that they can't upgrade or install new software on. Which is all of them at the moment!


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